insights from a daughter of the King, teacher, farmer's wife, and Mommy

12.30.2013

2013 in review


2013

January 2013
December 2013

May God be gracious to us and bless us
    and make his face shine on us—




so that your ways may be known on earth,

    your salvation among all nations.


 

May the peoples praise you, God;

    may all the peoples praise you.





 May the nations be glad and sing for joy,

    for you rule the peoples with equity

    and guide the nations of the earth.



 May the peoples praise you, God;

    may all the peoples praise you.








 The land yields its harvest;

    God, our God, blesses us.







 May God bless us still,

    so that all the ends of the earth will fear him.



Psalm 67:1-7




thank you 2013 for all you blessings

birthdays, babies, laughter, memories.....2013 held His presence, grace, and mercy

Here's to 2014 may we risk it all for you, Lord!



looking back at 2012 and 2011


12.26.2013

crashing jesus' party

christmas came again
and we partied for days with parties still to go (one everyday till monday)
and the song keeps playing in my mind
"you can crash my party any time"
with jesus as the lead
because that's what we really do
we take his birthday and make it all about us
but i imagine him being the perfect host
and standing in the yard saying "yeah, come on, the more the merrier {christmas pun}"
and everyone that drives by stopping and joining
celebrating and being willing to party even though they have no idea what their celebrating
but they go all in, they buy presents and decorate, to the ones they know only of course
and jesus he mingles, he visits everyone at the party
and by the end he has met and befriended some that had never met him
and then He knows that it was worth it once again to have yet another birthday 
that has been crashed



{hopefully this post did not offend you, and even more hopeful that you talked to jesus yesterday at the party ;)}


12.23.2013

listening to christmas

when you listen to christmas what do you hear??






angels singing or the "i wants"
joy to the world or "i hate christmas"


what if mary and joseph hadn't listened to the christmas story?
what if they hadn't believed the angels?

what if you don't listen to the christmas story?
what if you don't hear the angels?

what angels you say.......

the sound of a little girl saying baby jesus' name
the sound of the guitar and mandolin
the laughter of family
the words of "how can i help"
the prayer of the needy
the voices of the choir
the sound of the rain
the words "For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a SAVIOR, which is Christ the Lord."
the gift of the Holy Spirit

these are the sounds of christmas

not the ripping of paper
not the "ugghhh, really"
not the vacuum cleaner
not the beep of the oven
not the complaints in wal-mart

these are the sounds of the christmas distractions

i hope you hear christmas this year so that you may keep it in your heart and mind for the whole year through

a good friend of mine said with jesus in your heart, everyday is christmas morning

listen for Him




Merry Christmas!








12.18.2013

ready or not

it is one week till christmas


one week

not all the presents are bought
no presents are wrapped
the house isn't clean
the elf isn't moving
the cards haven't been mailed

but as i think about mary and joseph
were they ready for christmas?
they didn't have the nursery prepared
they didn't have the house clean
but jesus came any way

as i think about the shepherds in the fields
were they ready for good news?  were they ready for any news?
had they given the sheep extra food that day and let them rest for there trek to bethlehem?
but good news came any way

so there is the truth in christmas
he knew we'd never be ready
but he came anyway




lovely linkys

Emily @ Imperfect Prose

12.10.2013

a few of my favorite things




silly kid faces,
sparkling colored christmas tree lights,
ornaments with stories,
handmade coffee mugs that fit just right in my hand,
nephews,
sleeping babies,
friends who come over,
giving gifts,
a mandolin loving boy who rocked their first concert,
an old church pew,
christmas hymns,
nursery workers,
sunday lunch,
the gift of Jesus that i didn't deserve,
a chance to start over with Monday

these are a few of my favorite things









12.06.2013

christmas reflection

He made it so simple
there wasn't a tree or garland
there wasn't gifts when they woke up 
there wasn't a layout of food for all to eat
no one took a picture or sent a christmas card
it didn't even make the news, facebook, or instagram

but we make it so complicated
we make it stressful and convoluted
we worry about all the things related
we cringe when we see how many days until
we resent those who seem to have it together

"While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them."

may you find the simple blessing of His birth this year





favorite new christmas song


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